Welcome to Practicing Anthropology

Thank you for visiting the Practicing Anthropology blog. This is an interactive space for anthropologists, the people we work with, and others, where we encourage communication, comments, resource sharing and collaboration. We are now accepting submissions for our spring issue of Practicing Anthropology. Our current deadline is January 1. Check out our submission guidelines and send us your work!

Call for Submission, Editor


Practicing Anthropology will be making some changes to our submission process in the near future. Stay tuned for our new submissions manager! In the meantime, find Practicing Anthropology on Duotrope! This is a fun way to track your own submissions and learn about literary journals and a few academic journals too. It’s not required to use Duotrope to submit your work to PA though.

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About Us, Editor

Podcast about publishing

Are you new to the world of publishing? Do you have something important to say? Listen to this podcast hosted by Heritage Voices featuring the editors of several journals including PA.

Publishing – Episode 19

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On Today’s episode, Jessica hosts a panel focused on publishing. The panel includes Dr. Lisa Hardy (Editor of one of the Society for Applied Anthropology’s (SFAA) journals, Practicing Anthropology), Sarah Herr (Editor of one of the Society for American Archaeology’s (SAA) journals, Advances in Archaeological Practice), Dr. Kathleen Van Vlack (Editor of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology’s (HPSFAA) journal The Applied Anthropologist), and Dr. David Martinez (Akimel O’odham, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University). Unfortunately, due to some last minute technical difficulties, Lyle was unable to join the call as co-host and panelist. Also, we actually recorded this episode back in March, so you may notice that things we mentioned happened awhile ago, so sorry about all that. We talked about everyone’s experience with publishing, tips for those who are interesting in publishing, challenges with diversity in publishing, and where they would like to see publishing going in the future. These amazing editors look forward to working with you towards publishing in their journals!

Creative, Uncategorized

Exploring an Artist’s Intangible and Material World

What can anthropology bring to the arts and what can the arts bring to anthropology? Exploring an Artist’s Intangible and Material World considers this.


Mosse works with materials such as briquette ash, nails and dust. When completed the Materials Library for What’s with the Apocalypse? contained over seventy materials. Displayed against a backdrop of water and the gallery’s landscape.The library incorporated the immersive qualities of virtual reality, through a series of 360° panoramic images accessed by virtual reality headsets. The images were captured in the artists studio and the rural Irish landscape before the artworks were transported to the gallery. 
Mosse supported the idea as it was in keeping with his wish to provide people with a deeper understanding of his work. In support of the project, Jeff Harvey captured the 360° images of the studios and generously provided headsets for the library.
News, Policy, Practice, Research

Professors writing op-eds. Perspective | With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade is likely dead by Carole Joffe

I have heard many colleagues asking what we can do in troubling times. How can we use our skills and knowledge to support human rights? Here is an excellent example from Carole Joffe of how we can bridge academic knowledge with everyday policy. A strong op-ed in the Washington Post.



Read Undead Ethnography in the July issue of PA

By Michael Adair-Kriz 

Key words: dialysis, organ transplantation, rapid assessment ethnography

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I watch my blood pulse through the plastic tubing at an average rate of 300 ml per minute. I know it’s 300 ml per minute because that is what I’ve programed it to be. The NxStage machine pumps sangre out through the 15 gauge needle stuck in the lower part of my left forearm A/V fistula – the arterial line – at variable pressures dependent on my blood pressure, where the needle is stuck in the fistula (How close is the needle to the walls of the vessel. Did I get a good stick?), and the rate I indicate for fluid reduction when setting up the machine. At any given moment, millions of my blood cells are suspended outside of my body in the machine—not touching, yet contacting the liquid suspension in the microfilter hanging next to the machine and attached to me through the plastic tubing and disposable cartridge. Through the magic/science/chemistry of osmosis, my blood surrenders molecules of electrolytes that my own body cannot slough on its own. Dead. My kidneys are dead. I have three dead organs in my body.

Resistance is Futile
When all this started back in 2003, during the time that I was interviewing practicing anthropologists for Careers in Anthropology (DVD from AAA), and just prior to entering my doctoral program at Rice University, I thought I had SARS. I was wrong. The South- Asian doctor who came into my hospital room that first night had the bedside manner of a hammer. “You have kidney failure and heart failure; you’ll be dead by the weekend. But, you know that, right? I mean, you’re diabetic.” No. No, I’m not diabetic, and I didn’t know any of this. They’d told me that I had kidney problems, and that’s why I had pneumonia—it would be a couple days before they would tell me that I had End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and that I would require dialysis to live. My kidneys were dead. Finished. They were producing urine, but it was just water. No toxic electrolytes were being eliminated. Clear water. Dead organs. But, the hammer-doctor was wrong. Fifteen years later, I am not dead. We are Borg.

Continue reading in the July issue of PA.

Creative, News, Practice, Research

Summer issue is out!

Our summer issue is out. We are excited to share the work of collaborating authors in this issue of Practicing Anthropology. Check out the content and download the issue from a library or the SfAA website ASAP. We look forward to your thoughts and ideas related to this issue.


Lisa Jane Hardy 

First Person
4 Politicians, Their Misphilosophy of Fear, and Our Hope
Arturo Magaña 

8 The Spiritual Polishing of a Battle Fatigued Paratrooper: Collaborative Writing and Noetics in Fieldwork
Katinka Hooyer with Dan Kasza 

12 City of Cats: On walking and Fieldwork in Jakarta
Kevin Brown 

14 Exploring an Artists Intangible and Material World
Juliette Harvey 

18 Vive Carnaval
Carolyn Merritt 

20 Undead Autoethnography
Michael Adair-Kriz 

23 Same-Gender Biracial Parenthood and the True Cost of Raising a Transgender Teen: An Ethnographic Case Study
Muriel Vernon 

27 Lost in Translation: Anthropological Reflections on Cancer Survivorship in Primary Care
Ellen Rubinstein 

31 Seeking the American Dream Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Transnational Students and Implications for Education and Border Security Policies
Maria Cristina Morales and Juan Mendoza 

35 Engaging Latino Patients in Diabetes Research: What We are Learning
Janet Page-Reeves, Lidia Regino, Maria Tellez, Blanca Pedigo, and Esperanza Perez 

40 “Let the Horse Run”: Assessing the Potentiality, Challenges, and Future Sustainability of CHWs in Indiana
Ryan I. Logan 

45 Unmanaging Managed Care: The Challenges of Privatizing Medicaid in Illinois
Matt Dalstrom, Kim McCullough, and Miaake Slayton